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Chefs' Cooking Secrets | Garlic Broccoli Stir Fry, with Keith Snow — Video

Compiled by Vicki McClure Davidson

 

Broccoli | Photo credit: Jim Coulter, Flickr

 

Broccoli | Photo credit: Jim Coulter, Flickr

Broccoli is one of those "vitamin-power-packed" vegetables, and when in season, is extremely thrifty. Chef Keith Snow with HarvestEating.com creates this quick and easy garlic broccoli stir fry.

One criticism about the demo, though. Chef Snow doesn't state most of the measurements of the ingredients in the video demo. Eyeballing the amounts he used seems fairly simple, though, which I've done for the recipe below for most of the ingredients. The recipe is available on his website for those who pay for membership access.

Additionally, if you're using fresh broccoli for this dish, you can include the broccoli stalk, which is high in vitamins. Don't waste them! Use a vegetable peeler or paring knife to remove the tough, woody outer portion of the stem, then julienne or chop it into smaller pieces. Add the cut stalk to the stir fry or freeze for future use in a soup or stew.

You can omit the sesame oil if you don't have it, but it adds a lovely, distinctive, Asian flavor to the stir fry. I always have a bottle on hand. It's rather pricey compared to other oils, but you don't need much when you use it in a dish. A bottle usually lasts me at least a year. Don't use it for frying, but just a small amount as a flavor enhancer.

 

Garlic Broccoli Stir Fry

 

Heat a wok or large frying pan on the stove, medium to medium-high setting. Add the olive oil, allowing it to heat up. When it begins to bubble, add the shallots, ginger root, and garlic. Stir for about a minute or two, allowing the oil to soften the ingredients. Be careful to not overcook the garlic, which becomes very bitter.

Add the blanched broccoli, then salt, pepper, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Sauté for another minute or two, being sure to coat all the broccoli with the pan contents.

Serve as a side dish, or adding some leftover cooked chopped chicken, turkey, or other meat during the last minutes of cooking will quickly turn this into a hearty main dish.

 

 

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